In the incredibly crowded Florida theme park market, the Fun Spot America parks have often been overlooked with so many headlining attractions in town. A few years ago, the Orlando location became a destination for coaster fans with the addition of White Lightning, a product of Great Coaster International (GCI) that made the Orlando half of the Florida duo more than a blip on the radar. This past winter, the Kissimmee location announced it would follow suit with a major wood coaster of their own. In February, we learned that the name would be “Mine Blower,” a name that is unique, if not worthy of at least a passing smile. Today, we learned that the coaster will debut just over a week from now on June 23.
Unlike White Lightning at its sister location, Mine Blower will be anything but traditional. The Gravity Group creation will feature a 65 degree first descent from 83 feet above ground, and will lead directly into a corkscrew over the loading station. Much of the buzz around the ride has come from this single inversion, and also the awe-inspiring support structure that will go along with it. The ride will also throw riders into a 115-degree overbank turn, one of the steepest in the world on a wood coaster. Other portions of the ride will return to the traditional ups, downs, and turns of most wooden coasters.
For the Fun Spot America Kissimmee location, Mine Blower will do more than just add another attraction to its ride lineup, it will put it back on level footing with the Orlando location, but at a much higher level compared to the competition. A trip to not one but both Fun Spot America locations will become a necessity for coaster fans heading to the Orlando region, and both will have a signature structure for passersby to draw people in off the streets. Mine Blower will also diversify the Central Florida coaster lineup even more, giving the immediate area a second headlining wood coaster, something the crowded Orlando market desperately needs.
All things considered, Mine Blower may not be the best attraction to ever open in Central Florida, but it does provide another destination for park goers to put on their list that is traditional, family-friendly, and, most importantly, cost-effective in a market where low-cost theme parks are a thing of the past.
[Feature image courtesy of Fun Spot America.]